Fatal Frame shuttered in US, EU

Tecmo confirms that Nintendo has declined to publish Grasshopper-developed horror game outside Japan.

The success of Resident Evil 4: Wii Edition and House of the Dead: Overkill have shown that there's a place for horror games on Nintendo's latest system. Unfortunately, Nintendo is apparently unconvinced of that, given that Tecmo has confirmed to GameSpot that Nintendo has declined to publish the Wii installment of its survival horror franchise Fatal Frame in North America and Europe.

Fatal Frame is nothing if not spooky.

"Nintendo holds the publishing rights to Fatal Frame Wii, which was developed by Tecmo LTD. and Grasshopper Manufacture and released in Japan on July 31, 2008," Tecmo said in a statement. "Nintendo of America has since then decided not to publish the title in North America--consequently, the title will not be released in this territory. As the owner of the IP, Tecmo feels very unfortunate that the fans of the series in North America will not have a chance to play the game, but respects the final decision made by Nintendo of America."

As with previous Fatal Frame games, the Wii edition drops players into ghost-infested environments with a magic camera as their only defense. Players can damage the threatening phantoms by taking pictures of them. The longer a spectre is held in the frame before the picture is snapped, the more damage it does, and a limited amount of special film serves as "ammunition" for the game.

As of press time, Nintendo had not returned a request for comment on the decision not to publish Fatal Frame Wii in the West, or whether it would consider selling the rights to another company.

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195 comments
SOULCALIBUR33
SOULCALIBUR33

Nintendo sucks, I always hated Super mario and all their STUPID kids or animals in their games... and also ugly music-- since fatal frame IV was the ONLY DECENT game for this console, I decided to sell my stupid wii. I'll never purchase a Nintendo console anymore.  I can't stand  racists game's developers. They don't have the COURAGE to say the real reason why they didn't release this game in other countries... Just a lots of EXCUSES... 

Love-Hina
Love-Hina

ok whats NoA ? and yes Tecmo should just stick with Sony and Microsoft :) 

and Nintendo I hope you go down what you did to this game not Release to USA and EU. I think Nintendo only cares about them self's. Like Sony and Microsoft cares about fans :)

Also yours wanted to do more about this cool game that, we should bring the Media into it and tell them about the Nintendo don't care about us and not bring Fatal Frame series to USA and EU. Tho I do have a Nintendo 3DS but I'm a\still a Sony Fan :) So Nintendo hope you lose >:) Oh someone should contact the Tecmo how we feel.

lamprey263
lamprey263

why the hell did Tecmo ever give Nintendo control of publishing this in the first place?!

big_boss1988
big_boss1988

why the hell go nintendo when u got sony or micrpsoft

sumo1973
sumo1973

I'd rather have wiimusic 2 cancelled.

sumo1973
sumo1973

@kryton_brown> The link you are talking about came from a French magazine from 2008. This advert said that the game was indeed on its way to Europe in 2009, but it was quickly retracted and now Nintendo has said the game was on its way, but has been cancelled. Temco then said : "It is regrettable that Nintendo has decided to not publish 'Project Zero' for Wii at this time. But the only thing we can do is respect the company's decision no matter what reason they have". I'm disappointed that this game isn't coming out in North America or Europe but I'm more disappointed that this game has already been produced and that Nintendo can't sort things out to allow someone else to publish it if they can't over here.

Visa004
Visa004

it totally blows when original titles like fatal frame for the ps2 and xbox is ported to the wii and declined. what the fusk is wrong with them?

btlgearx
btlgearx

i still have all the 3 fatal frame games and i was thinking to buy a wii just for this game. and then this happens. they should've just gave the rights to get it developed on the ps3 or 360. this series isn't advertised at all like those other big games but it has a solid fan base. i have loved all 3 games they've released on the ps2. they should've just considered that there are fans of this game that are waiting for it to be released outside japan.

sun_and_earth
sun_and_earth

Figures. Good games for the Wii are in short supply. Is Nintendo afraid of money or something?

Love-Hina
Love-Hina

I think wii is ok. but Tecmo shorn't gave the Fatal Frame: Mask of the Lunar Eclipse it to Nintendo Wii. Fatal Frame games was only on Sony PlayStation 2 and Micosoft Xbox and it short of went to Sony Playstation 3 and Micosoft Xbox 360. I'm not saying that Nintendo Wii is bad but the Fatal Frame games as been on PS2 and Xbox for years. but i don't know how it will be good on a Nintendo Wii ?

santinegrete
santinegrete

What the f*** is Reggie Fils Aime thinking?

chano7
chano7

this is like give a kick in the ... to all the loyal fans of great videogames because there are people who don´t like this system and only buy for Special games like this or Tatsunoko and give it a cancellation this is big f%&(( jocke

GameShark9000
GameShark9000

I'll say it is a safe guess that anyone at Nintendo of America that has any business-wise talent, or at least cared a little bit about the fans that supported them for more than 20 years, had fled the company due to a sudden yet huge wave of hired-by-sony/microsoft retards that come up with business decisions via throwing crayons into a fire burning printer paper.

xraystar
xraystar

Nintendo, now you know why the sales for Wii have stalled - because of crap like this. Don't forget it's the avid gamer that made you who you are - gamers who grew up playing NES and SNES!

Kleeyook
Kleeyook

Nintendo sucks! Please don't support Wii! We must make them realize that us gamers aren't just kids who'll only play their childish games! The Grudge come out but not Fatal Frame 4. :(

evil_snuffkin
evil_snuffkin

After so many budget kids games, keeping console prices high for the uk when they're being lowered for the rest of the world and now refusing to make great games like this availible world wide I'm feeling pretty sick of Nintendo. I've probably played about every decent game they'll ever bring out so selling my Wii for a PS3 is looking pretty sensible right now.

Guuthulhu
Guuthulhu

I had been hoping for a new Fatal Frame game for quite awhile now, and when I saw this, my heart fluttered only to break from disappointment. There's just not enough good horror titles and it seems really stupid that they should make such a decision. If I didn't already have a Wii, I'd have bought one just to play this game. Ugh.

Dshenlong
Dshenlong

Really...you allow Cursed Mountain and The Grudge to come out but not this game, which is actually good? Someone should slap Reggie Phils Aims

GameShark9000
GameShark9000

@ kiramaski I hope Tecmo dosen't cut ties with Nintendo considering Team Ninja is making the next Metriod.

strike_77
strike_77

would've been a good game. :(

strike_77
strike_77

Nintendo is so unfair.this is one of the reasons people are trying illegal things (e.g. creating a translation patch and selling it in the Internet.)and also...JUST BECAUSE THE GAME IS IN A JAPANESE SETTING DOES NOT MEAN THAT GAMERS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES WILL NOT APPRECIATE IT!!!!!EVEN WE IN THE PHIL. LIKE THIS GAME!!!I CAN'T BELIEVE NINTENDO!!!IF TECMO WANTS TO SAVE THE SERIES FROM EXTINCTION THEY SHOULD MAKE THE GAME FOR SONY AND MICROSOFT CONSOLES AGAIN (PS2,PS3,XBOX,XBOX 360....PC,maybe?)!!!!!

143C5
143C5

Wow that's sucks.... I hope they'll make an english this time next year or this year....

QtrArt
QtrArt

I think they do english next year dont all be sad :)

GameShark9000
GameShark9000

This isn't Nintendo's [as a whole] fault, I blame NoA. It's obvious that they don't care about the fans that get margenilized just for them. But just like with Mother 3 they are too scared as in the pee-my-pants zone of lossing money when they have more money than a bank. I understand that this is a business but they are going to far! I say since they are to stubborn to listen to our hate mail we should launch the entire staff on a rocket to pluto since nethier Nintendo and it's fans will find rest untill they leave the planet! It is expensive, but it's for a good cost.

Bballplaya8217
Bballplaya8217

Big mistake from Nintendo. The only thing that would be to argue the decision would be the sales in North America from previous titles. However, there would lie another argument that Temco and the Fatal Frame series has Never to my eye been advertised. I have Never seen one commercial depicting this game, and even though it is not heard of by many, everybody that DOES know this title has had a great time with it. Again, huge mistake by Nintendo, as this game is the hands down best in its class.

Claudu
Claudu

And I was wondering why this game still isn't around, I thought it was still in development... Nintendo sucks! I was thinking about buying a Wii for a long time now for a few games and Fatal Frame (Project Zero here in Europe) was one of them. There are still a few nice titles on the Wii, but I won't buy the console just to give Sucktendo my "screw you" vote on this one.

BlackenedSky719
BlackenedSky719

I think with this news I will be selling my Wii. This is ridiculous, I no longer even have a reason to have a Wii. The Wii is nothing but a joke and now I'm done. I'm pretty sure I'm done with Nintendo too. Fatal Frame fans---- e-mail Nintendo let them know what you think of this. http://www.nintendo.com/consumer/webform.jsp

Myke_Divino_8
Myke_Divino_8

Inconsistent, Self-Centered A****! I would have bought myself a Wii just for this game. Techmo, has no idea how much of a loss they have.

Artivash
Artivash

Respect their decision my a**. If they'd have given a decent reason, then maybe. But just a "no" and nothing else on the matter as to WHY exactly? Sorry, not good enough... At this point I hope Nintendo chokes and dies. What little respect I ever had for them is gone at this point.

DiscGuru101
DiscGuru101

I am extremely disappointed. I would have bought this game without question....

supatips
supatips

Seems foolish that nintendo have declined to bring this game to the US or EU I am a fan of the series and am dissapointed that I wont get to play this particular installment (importing is out of the question for me due to language barriers) Nintendo should see sense and release it or let somone else do it

kiramasaki
kiramasaki

another great move by nintendo, if i was tecmo id cut ties with them regarding any other games in this series - youd sell more games on the xbox and ps3, as 2 of the other 3 were multi platform

KillerOttsel
KillerOttsel

This game's graphics actually look really good.

Highblood89
Highblood89

Okay, Nintendo. This was a really clever move! *huge sarcasm* Many would have bought a Wii only for this game! Wow, Nintendo, you would have got 200, maybe 400, maybe even 1000 Dollars (or whatever currency) just because of that, and if you, Nintendo, would have been the publisher of this game, you would also have got some "extra money". I thought the Virtual Boy (VB) was Nintendo's worst move, now I think I was wrong... *sigh* I was really excited, not to say "hyped" for this game and now it doesn't come out in the EU and US. >_>

Marcster1994
Marcster1994

You know what? Someone needs to go to E3 and when Nintendo has their conference, they yell out."Brung Fatal Frame 4 to North America!"

GodlikeZidane
GodlikeZidane

Any one think Nintendo has too much power yet? They just middle-fingered eaisly the scarist game franchise for the entire west... I sware, I just wanna go to E3 and uppercut the entire Nintendo booth...lol

YoJim8obaJoe
YoJim8obaJoe

hope this gets released on PSN or 360 marketplace,cant imagine the game being a storage hog if it on the poo i mean wee

YoJim8obaJoe
YoJim8obaJoe

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Dark152
Dark152

I sent a message to Nintendo regarding this game. I truly hope they will read it, because it's a stupid decision not publish it in North America. It's like they are forgetting the true power of the games: have fans to play and enjoy them. The entertainment in kiddie games is over! C'mon, WII WANT FATAL FRAME 4!!!

vomer
vomer

Slightly off topic: It's nice to see Nintendo are still capable of getting excited about the survival horror genre, with the upcoming Wii remakes of Silent Hill and Resident Evil. That said, am I likely to want to stump up £40 to play a game that I completed nearly 10 years ago on the PS1, just because this version's got better graphics and a different control system? Probably not, to be honest. Trying to remember why I bought a Wii, because it all seems a bit pointless right now.

xangel_of_doomx
xangel_of_doomx

I bought a Wii JUST for this game. Sure the Wii is great and all, but I only bought it for the release of Fatal Frame IV. I own I-III and I even have a extra copy of I, well I have I for the Xbox and for the PS2. I know I've been wanting to learn Japanese since the release of Kingdom Hearts Final Mix I and II, but this is stupid! The one game that would really give Nintendo money is this game since it is so popular by all the fans. I hope Nintendo reconsiders because I probably will likely sell all my Nintendo products and stick strictly to Sony and MicroSoft.

BlueFlameBat
BlueFlameBat

Tecmo may respect Nintendo's final decision, but I don't.

lyhthegreat
lyhthegreat

lol,not just japanese,but "advance japanese" so as to be able to read all the folklores and scrolls easily to fully understand and enjoy the game.

FatalEternity
FatalEternity

That is what they said after I said this, " Why won't you release Fatal Frame IV in North America? You are making a HUGE mistake. You might as well let them release it onto the PS3. I am getting tired of Japan getting all the good games. Do we honestly have to learn Japanese just to play this game?" Lol

FatalEternity
FatalEternity

Hello, At this time, Nintendo has no plans to publish Fatal Frame. Your feedback regarding this game is important to us, so I’ll make sure to pass along your comments to the appropriate department. If we get further information about this title, we will post it to our website (www.nintendo.com), so make sure to keep checking for all the latest news as it becomes available. Sincerely, R.M. Ricketts Nintendo of America Inc.

lyhthegreat
lyhthegreat

nah,i dont' think nintendo has the time to read your mails about bringing an already canceled game back,even if they would,they wont be able to any thing about it as it's only the staffs that will be reading the complaints,the final decision still lies with the higher ranking nintendo staffs.